Wednesday, January 2, 2008

The Ups & Downs Of 2008 (Already)

The new year is getting off to a frigid start, but at least the sun is finally shining again. Sophie Dog and I braved the cold to go on a walk this afternoon. It was just 1 degree, with a windchill of minus 16. That’s up from the 1 degree and minus 25 windchill when we walked yesterday afternoon.

Each time, I told myself it would just be a brief, 10-minute walk. But each time, when I reached the turn-around point, we kept on going. It’s a good way to trick yourself into walking farther – promise yourself it only has to be 10 minutes. Then just keep going. We only walked about 30 to 35 minutes, which is nothing compared to our fair-weather hikes. But in this cold, it’s good enough, and that’ll have to do. Sophie Dog wears her fleece sweater and works up a sweat playing fetch, so she doesn’t get cold, but her paws still take a beating. She is having the post-holiday doggie blues, after getting so much attention and running around like a maniac with the kids for hours on end as we played in the snow and sledded. Poor thing. She’ll love having a human sibling (assuming she survives the toddler years)!

I spent New Year’s Eve with some special friends, new and old. We ate dinner at one of our favorite local Vietnamese restaurants and enjoyed swapping notes about our adoption experiences and hounding new mom Shawna for details about the logistics of parenting. Ann S., here’s to speedy travels to meet your baby Kim in person!

Now it’s back to the same old grind. Work, freelance work and school in a couple weeks. I still have to put away my Christmas decorations, but I don’t feel like it, mainly because it’s such a hassle!

I’ve been monitoring the volatile post-election situation in Kenya. One of my aunts is a missionary in a small town in Kenya, north of Nairobi. While safety is always a concern there, hundreds have died following the re-election of president Mwai Kibaki, and it seems as if the situation may continue to deteriorate. Keep my aunt Joanne in your thoughts! I spent a few weeks visiting with my aunt in Kenya many years ago. It’s a beautiful country, so it’s sad to see Kenya, and other African nations, torn apart by violence, famine and disease.


Carissa74 said...

Sounds like you have had a great time and that things have been wonderful! Will keep your Aunt in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

We had a fun time on NYE :)
I don't know how you are able to juggle work, school, work and adoption! Good time management skill.

Ann S.

Jen said...

we will keep your aunt in our prayers. Have been following Kenya in the news--frightens me.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your prayers. We're hoping at this point that they're going to sit down and talk. God bless. Aunt Joanne